How to Make a Simple Lock Box

Updated February 21, 2017

A lockbox can be used to safely store personal items or valuables that you do not want to become damaged or lost. You can purchase a lockbox from a store, but you can also make your own lockbox from scratch using supplies that can be purchased at a hardware store. You can place money or personal treasures inside the box knowing that they are safe and secure inside.

Place one of the 6-inch by 8-inch pieces of wood vertically on a table top.

Place two of the other 6-inch by 8-inch pieces on either side of the vertical piece, arranging them so that they are standing upright on one edge and are pressed against the longer sides of the vertical piece.

Nail the pieces into place, hammering three nails into each side.

Place one of the 6-inch squares against one end of the box form.

Nail the end piece into place with four to five nails.

Nail the other end piece into place as you did the first.

Open the two hinges, and tack one side of each hinge onto the edge of one of the side edges.

Tack the other side of each hinge to the remaining 6-inch by 8-inch piece of wood. The hinge will allow the remaining piece of wood to close as a lid on the lockbox.

Open a hinge lock, and tack one side to the opposite side of the lid as the other hinges.

Close the lid, and tack the other side of the hinge lock to the edge of the box where it rests upon closing. Once tacked, the box can be locked.

Sand the entire inside and outside of the box with sandpaper until smooth. Use circular motions. Wipe off any sawdust with a damp cloth.

Paint the outside of the lockbox with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before using the lockbox.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 pieces of wood, 1/2 inch thick, 6 inches high, 8 inches long
  • 2 pieces of wood, 1/2 inch thick, 6 inches high, 6 inches long
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • 2 hinges with tacks
  • Hinge lock with tacks
  • Sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
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